Monthly Archives: September 2009

Silver Lake moves on but it won’t be the same without its favorite banker

his employees and customers to close their Citibank accounts as well. He figures at least 20 have done so. “I don’t want to support a bank that does stuff like that,” said Schoenhals, who had been one of Bernal’s customers for 13 y ears. “She treated everybody the same. It was like family.” Few people expect Citibank to rehire Bernal ... Read More »

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park & Silver Lake

City to require graffiti-resistant coating on all new homes. LA Times Why bother with anti-graffiti coating when fake ivy and a glue gun keeps a section of Highland Park tag free. 90042 How will this turn out? Echo Park bar owners blog about their business in a Huffington Post diary. Huffington Post Incubus musician is no Kayne West when it ... Read More »

Don’t show this photo to your feathered friends

Echo Park residents near Macbeth and Quintero streets awoke this morning to find small drifts of white feathers on the street and on cars. Scott Fajack, who took the photo, assumes they must have fallen off a truck. It may look messy but feather dumping is the least of Echo Park’s litter problems. Photo by Scott Fajack Read More »

A walk and talk around Echo Park Lake

A group of Echo Park residents, city employees and consultants took a walk around Echo Park Lake this morning to review some of the changes and improvements proposed under an $84 million plan to rehabilitate the lake. The focus of the project is to improve water quality but there will be other benefits as well. Official today said that they ... Read More »

Clifford Street Elementary Fostering Learning & Good Character

Our goal at Clifford Street School is to offer a rigorous academic program that fosters learning and is also focused on building good character.  This can be accomplished by implementing the principles of effective learning and positive social skill development and interaction.  The Big Idea is for our students to experience academic success and to possess the skills to make ... Read More »

Scenes from an Echo Park accident

An early morning traffic accident at Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue left one car on the sidewalk and another vehicle smashed in the middle of the intersection, according to the Echo Park Trading Post, which also published more photos from the accident scene. The small car pictured above came to a halt near vendors and a busy bus stop ... Read More »

Mt. Washington delivers a thank you note to a beloved mailman

Delivering mail on Mt. Washington would seem to be a thankless job. The streets are steep, sidewalks are few but dogs are plentiful. What mail carrier wouldn’t be happy to give up this challenging route? Not John Ayala. For 23 years, Ayala has trekked up and down the streets of Mt. Washington, delivering letters and packages to more than 500 ... Read More »

Gushing over Elysian Park

The sight and sound of a small creek and waterfall is refreshing on a hot day like today. It’s also surprising because, in the case of Elysian Park, there is no permanent creek or water fall – until a water line breaks. This morning a small geyser that would make Valley Councilman Greig Smith proud sprouted at the top of ... Read More »

What’s more pathetic than a headless palm tree?

How about two headless palm trees. These twins palms stand behind an Echo Park house on Alvarado Street near Vons. The Eastside skyline is marked by many palm poles, including one in Glassell Park on Eagle Rock Boulevard near El Paso Street. Echo Park’s Twin Palms may seem lifeless stumps but flocks of birds roost at the top. Meanwhile, at ... Read More »

Eastside Shopper & Diner

What Silver Lake Happy Hour offers duck-fat-popped popcorn? Where in Highland Park can you buy grass-fed beef? Who is selling more than 30,000 CDs for only 99 cents each this Sunday? Find the answers in Eastsider on the Go. Read More »

Citrus bug hunters arrive in Angelino Heights

Residents were supposed to have been notified in advance if workers, including contractors hired by the state, needed to enter private property to spray the pesticide. The biggest threat posed by the psyllid is that it can carry a disease called huanglongbing, which can sap away the flavor of the fruit before eventually killing the tree. There is no way ... Read More »